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http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/02/16...ex.html?hpt=C1

Malaria, genetic diseases plagued King Tut
By Val Willingham, CNN
February 16, 2010 1:27 p.m. EST

(CNN) -- The legendary Egyptian "boy king" Tutankhamun, commonly known as King Tut, died of conditions including malaria and complications from a leg fracture, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered in 1922, but his life remains shrouded in mystery, and not much is known about him. He ruled during the 18th Dynasty, from 1336-1327 B.C., according to the Web site Egyptology Online, and is believed to have died young. Forensic analysis of his mummy has put his age of death at about 17 to 19 years.

In the study published this week, researchers used anthropological, radiological and genetic testing to examine Tut and 10 other bodies mummified over a two-year period during Tut's dynasty.

Previously, based on historical records and earlier digs, Zahi Hawass, the lead investigator of the study, had said Tut could have been the son of Amenhotep III, a successful and popular king of the 18th Dynasty, who was later known as Akhenaten.

Through DNA, Hawass' researchers determined that was indeed the case, and that Tut was married to his sister. Scientists believe that genetics and inherited diseases played a role in Tut's health because of inbreeding within the family.

"We know there were weaknesses in these mummies, perhaps even cardiovascular problems," Hawass said.

When researchers scanned Tut's mummy, they found he not only had severe kyphoscoliosis, or curvature of the spine, but also suffered from a toe malformation known as oligodactyly. The condition made his left foot swell, and it would have caused excruciating pain when he walked.

"In ancient drawings we see Tut shooting arrows, not standing, but sitting in a chariot. This was unusual," Hawass said. "In his tomb, we also found 100 walking sticks. Originally we thought they represented power. But they were ancient crutches that he obviously used. He could barely stand."

Hawass said by taking his prior research and combining it with his most recent findings, the cause of Tut's death became pretty clear to him.

"The purpose of the CT scan (in 2005) was to see if he was murdered, because earlier X-rays had found there was a hole in his skull," Hawass said. "But we found the hole was made during mummification. However, we did find a large fracture in his left femur that probably contributed to his death."

Hawass theorized a fall could have hastened Tut's death. But DNA testing also showed evidence of plasmodium falciparum, a protozoan parasite that causes malaria in humans. The parasite has been found in many other mummies, as well. Hawass said he believes the combination of the serious fracture and the deadly parasite killed the young king.

"This is very exciting that we can take modern technology and learn more about Egyptian history," said Howard Markel, a medical historian at the University of Michigan's Center for the History of Medicine.

"Mummies are very powerful tools," he said. "We can learn a lot from the dead, how illnesses evolve."
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What does "suked" mean?
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They probably all had malaria.
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"Born in Arizona. Limped around Babylonia. King Tut"
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They probably all had malaria.
One could say it was rather <font color=#E0E0E0>Tutan</font>khamun.
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Wait, Akenaten was a popular ruler now? Amenhotep IV wasn't he, not sure who's proof-reading CNN's web articles..
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And here I assumed he died at 17 of old age.
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What does "suked" mean?
Not sure, but watch Hawass move.
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actual Tut penis...
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Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered in 1922, but his life remains shrouded in mystery, and not much is known about him. He ruled during the 18th Dynasty, from 1336-1327 B.C., according to the Web site Egyptology Online ...
I initially misread that ... I thought it said "...according to his Web site ... " I mean, I know that they had Stargates and all, but I thought the internet wasn't invented until Al Gore came along.
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He doesn't sound like a healthy individual.

1. severe kyphoscoliosis (curvature of the spine)
2. oligodactyly (toe malformation which causes the foot to swell, and it would have caused excruciating pain when he walked)
3. malaria
4. cleft lip
5. probable cardiovascular problems due to inbreeding

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